Violent flaring revealed at the heart of a black hole system

It has the mass of about 7 Suns, with this collapsed down to a region of space smaller than the City of London. OCTOBER 11, 2019 by University of Southampton An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Southampton, have used state-of-the-art cameras to create a high frame-rate movie of a growing black hole […]

Unlocking a 140-year-old secret in physics

In a new study in the journal Nature, an IBM Research-led collaboration describes an exciting breakthrough in a 140-year-old mystery in physics. OCTOBER 11, 2019 by IBM Semiconductors are the basic building blocks of today’s digital, electronic age, providing us a multitude of devices that benefit our modern life, including computer, smartphones and other mobile devices. Improvements […]

Honeybees can count and do math

OCTOBER 10, 2019 Honeybees were very cooperative, especially when I was providing sugar rewards! by The Company of Biologists Start thinking about numbers and they can become large very quickly. The diameter of the universe is about 8.8×1023 km and the largest known number—googolplex, 1010100—outranks it enormously. Although that colossal concept was dreamt up by brilliant mathematicians, […]

MIT alumna addresses the world’s mounting plastic waste problem

Renewlogy’s system is converting plastic waste from cities and rivers into fuel. Zach Winn | MIT News OfficeOctober 9, 2019 It’s been nearly 10 years since Priyanka Bakaya MBA ’11 founded Renewlogy to develop a system that converts plastic waste into fuel. Today, that system is being used to profitably turn even nonrecyclable plastic into […]

For newborn planets, solar systems are naturally baby-proof

OCTOBER 10, 2019 by Max Planck Society Numerical simulations by a group of astronomers, led by Mario Flock from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, have shown that young planetary systems are naturally “baby-proof”: Physical mechanisms combine to keep young planets in the inner regions from taking a fatal plunge into the star. Similar processes also […]

Physics researchers break new ground, explore unknown energy regions

OCTOBER 10, 2019 by Kathleen Haughney, Florida State University Florida State University physicists are using photon-proton collisions to capture particles in an unexplored energy region, yielding new insights into the matter that binds parts of the nucleus together. “We want to understand not just the nucleus, but everything that makes up the nucleus,” said FSU Professor […]

New method visualizes groups of neurons as they compute

Fluorescent probe could allow scientists to watch circuits within the brain and link their activity to specific behaviors. Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeOctober 9, 2019 Using a fluorescent probe that lights up when brain cells are electrically active, MIT and Boston University researchers have shown that they can image the activity of many neurons […]

Researchers theorize origins of magnetars, the strongest magnets in the universe

OCTOBER 9, 2019 by Heidelberg University How do some neutron stars become the strongest magnets in the universe? A German-British team of astrophysicists has found a possible answer to the question of how magnetars form. They used large computer simulations to demonstrate how the merger of two stars creates strong magnetic fields. If such stars explode […]

Physicists report a way to ‘hear’ dark matter

OCTOBER 9, 2019 by Stockholm University Physicists at Stockholm University and the Max Planck Institute for Physics have turned to plasmas in a proposal that could revolutionise the search for the elusive dark matter. Dark matter makes up 85 percent of the matter in the universe. Originally introduced to explain why the strong force, which holds together […]

Physicists measure the variation of the top-quark mass for the first time

OCTOBER 8, 2019 by Ana Lopes, CERN For the first time, CMS physicists have investigated an effect called the “running” of the top quark mass, a fundamental quantum effect predicted by the Standard Model. Mass is one of the most complex concepts in fundamental physics, which went through a long history of conceptual developments. Mass was first […]